Italian Chicken Stew

Italian Chicken Stew

Ok, I am calling this dish Italian Chicken Stew. It really is a version of Chicken Cacciatore but I have a recipe for that already on the website. This one does differ in many ways, but I know that people cook the other version so I need to differentiate. Truth be...
Duck Ragu with Pappardelle

Duck Ragu with Pappardelle

I was doing the groceries at Harris Farm Markets a couple of weeks ago and I don’t know about you, but when I shop there I tend to walk out with way more items than intended. Not only do I never take enough bags in, my credit card also cops a slight beating as I...
Osso Bucco Milanese

Osso Bucco Milanese

Osso Bucco. Classic Italian comfort food consisting of slow cooked beef shin, immersed in a gorgeously rich Italian tomato sauce, topped with a zesty Gremolata. It does not stop there. This divine meal is elevated to foodgasmic heights with the addition of sweet but...
Porchetta with Fennel, Pancetta & Sage

Porchetta with Fennel, Pancetta & Sage

A true Porchetta is a boned and rolled suckling pig, stuffed with flavourings such as its own offal, fennel and herbs and then cooked over a fire pit. Not so this one as A. I didn’t have a suckling pig and B. I am not Italian and this is purely an Em’s...
Spaghetti Arrabiata

Spaghetti Arrabiata

I have been cooking Spaghetti Arrabiata for about 15 years and we still have it about once a month.  It is a staunch family fave that never changes.  It is like your old fluffy slippers, your cuddly bear with the torn ear or your  grey old dressing...
Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish that I have always wanted to master and while it has the most simple of ingredients, the method of getting it right is quite tricky. The traditional method uses eggs to create a rich sauce without the addition of cream, which is...
Crudo Three Ways

Crudo Three Ways

One of my absolute favourite things in the world is any kind of dish involving cured fish. More commonly, I have had sashimi and ceviche but after watching an episode of Jamie Cooks Italy, I just knew that my new found love would be Crudo. ‘Crudo’ in...
Beef Brisket & Porcini Lasagne

Beef Brisket & Porcini Lasagne

*Revised Brisket Recipe* I have been meaning to do something with the fabulous cut of Beef Brisket for quite a while.  Why?  Cheap, full of flavour and just like the Pulled Pork Lasagne on the website, it is largely a set and forget type meal.  Bung it...
Beef Cheek & Porcini Ragu with Pappardelle

Beef Cheek & Porcini Ragu with Pappardelle

I invested in a pressure cooker (or multi cooker) about 12 months ago and I love it. I gave my old slow cooker away as I found that I preferred the speed of a pressure cooker and the fact that I can brown, cook and simmer in the one pot. I can still use it like a slow...
Broccolini, Prosciutto & Mushroom Linguine

Broccolini, Prosciutto & Mushroom Linguine

Pasta is an absolute staple in our family because it so quick and we all love it!  I have tried the no-carb thing in the past and have discovered that I would rather be a tad more cushioned than give up my favourite food.  Life is for living, right?  This little...
Lamb & Rosemary Meatball & Cannellini Bean Hotpot

Lamb & Rosemary Meatball & Cannellini Bean Hotpot

Ok, New Years Resolution time…..1. Eat less carbs (will let you know how that goes), 2.  Eat more vegetarian  (achievable)  3.  Exercise portion control  (determined but only when we get home from holidays) 4.  Drink less wine (no...
Slow Cooked Pork with Sage, Lemon and Olives

Slow Cooked Pork with Sage, Lemon and Olives

*Revised Recipe* Slow Cooked Pork is definitely the highlight of this dish, very closely followed by a burst of sweet cherry tomato and a buttery Sicilian olive.  Let us not forget the rich tomato sauce with the sharp tang of lemon, earthy sage and a hint of chilli...

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